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Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera
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- Close focussing macro lens
- Opticaly Stabilised
- F2.8^1:1 Macro Reproduction
- Full Frame and APSC Compatible
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|Item Dimensions||12.7 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm||11.6 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm||7.15 x 7.15 x 9.7 cm||11.71 x 6.3 x 7.3 cm||15 x 8 x 8 cm||6.5 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm|
|Item Weight||1.13 kg||0.79 kg||405 grams||0.61 kg||1.18 kg||235 grams|
|Max Aperture||f/2.8||2.8||f/2.8||81.28 cm||2.8||2.8|
|Max Focal Length||105 mm||105 mm||90 mm||90 mm||150 mm||40 mm|
|Min Aperture||22||32||2.8||32 inches||22||22|
|Min Focal Length||105 mm||105 mm||90 mm||90 mm||150 mm||40 mm|
|Mounting Type||nikon||Nikonbayonet||nikon||Nikon||Nikon||Nikon F|
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The Lens Design
Design features make up the foundation of the Sigma 105mm lens. The most prominent feature is Sigma’s dedicated Optical Stabiliser system which is new to this model. The system offers an effective blur correction over 4 stops, helping to stabilise the image and counter shake. It is also linked to the viewfinder, allowing for more accurate previews and thus in focus images. The lens features Sigma’s in-house developed inner focussing system, which both eliminates the need to extend the barrel, reducing light loss, and the need to rotate the front lens. In staying fixed, the front lens can accommodate a hood (used in conjunction with the supplied hood adapter) that helps to counter light related issues such as glare. The inner focussing system also allows for the use of Circular Polarising filters. The lens also features Sigma’s exclusive Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) which works to auto focus images in a fast, accurate and silent manner. Combined with the Optical Stabiliser system, the lens has an extraordinarily efficient focus over long distances. The lens is manufactured to Sigma’s high standards with a splash proof body constructed from strong but lightweight polycarbonate, layered in a hard-wear paint finish.
The Optical Composition
105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
- Produced in their legendary Aizu facility in Japan, Sigma presents their 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM prime lens.
- Building on 50 years of innovation in precision optics design and craftsmanship, the 105mm is a mid telephoto macro lens and direct successor to the widely acclaimed Sigma APO Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG lens.
- Building on the success of its predecessor, the 105mm encompasses several advanced optical and design features which help to reduce various aberrations and loss of focus.
- Deep, clear and sharp images are produced as a result, making this lens a great value mid power offering to any budding photographer.
In all forms of lens construction, Sigma puts the highest emphasis on the quality and craftsmanship of the internal optics. As a result, the 105mm incorporates a set of cutting edge and unique optical features which work to create bright and sharp images, even at extreme close-up perspectives.
Two out of sixteen lens elements are manufactured from Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, renowned for its high resolution and light transmission properties. The SLD glass helps to counter various spherical and optical aberrations which are commonly found in macro lenses, such as chromatic aberration. The SLD elements also reduce field curvature and ensure high rendering performance at all shooting distances.
The lens incorporates a 9 blade diaphragm which constructs a desirable blur (bokeh) effect on out of focus areas. The diaphragm also smoothes out intense back lighting, making them appear as rounded highlights as opposed to areas of over exposure. This effect helps to over emphasise the foreground subjects and smooth out the background, creating a well balanced image. Finally, Sigma applies Super Multi Layer coatings to all lens elements, which work to create an optimum colour balance by reducing the damaging effects of ghost and flare. The coatings also help to maximise light transmission to the DSLR’s sensor.
The Sigma 105mm is a true macro lens, capable of capturing an object on its sensor at the exact same size as the object exists. This 1:1 magnification capability gives the lens an unrivalled ability to create scaled and realistic images. With an F-stop of 2.8, the lens is still capable of auto-focusing at a 1:1 magnification, very useful considering the often close-up style of photography that this type of lens is used for. Also when close-up, the 105mm focal length allows a user to increase the working distance between them and a subject giving the added benefit of reducing unwanted shadow formation in the composition.
A Lens Most Applicable For
With a medium focal length of 105mm and macro 1:1 magnification, this Sigma lens is a perfect match for any photographer who would like to compose close-up or portrait images. Quick and accurate auto focussing combined with a dedicated Optical Stabiliser, mean that close-up and handheld images can be composed with accuracy and ease. The greater working distance accommodated by the 105mm focal length and the silent nature of the HSM, also make the lens ideal for taking close-up images of insects and other wildlife, subjects that by nature are easily scared off. The superior splash proof design helps protect the lens outdoors, when in pursuit of such nature. Finally, the first class optics allow for close-up subjects to be displayed in stunning clarity, opening up a previously unattainable world for photographers.A range of separately available Sigma APO teleconverters can be used in conjunction. The converters substantially increase the focal length of the lens and in doing so allow users to increase their working distance from a subject while still maintaining a 1:1 macro magnification.
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Before buying I did a bit of research and found that this lens was out-performing much higher priced lenses, just as well really because at the time I bought it I was a little fiscally challenged.
The lens comes in a robust, padded case. The instructions are good and the two lens hoods are good quality.
There are three distance settings on the lens which will keep it from hunting across its range for point of focus. I found the AF, when distance limited to be quite quick, for subjects that are further away it isn't bad but not lightning quick by any means.
Manual focus is with the fantastically large focussing ring, this is very positive in movement.
Image stabilisation is very good, and indeed very welcome! Stabilisation has two three settings, off, all axis and one for use when on a tripod, can't remember off hand what axis this is for. It is good though and very noticeable in use.
The f2.8 max aperture gives the ability to really throw the background and provides great bokeh.
All in all a great lens that I am more than happy with. I have had no regrets at all about buying the lens and have no plans to replace it with a more expensive manufacturers model.
Once I've added some AF Fine tune ( always, always calibrate your cameras and lenses before serious use), its bang on, pin sharp and accurate, even with all those megapixels. My nikon 105 required some major calibration but this was almost exactly accurate right out the box.
The Optical stabiliser is a little noisy compared to nikon's system, but it works well for shaky hands.
The switches to the side look like they can be easily knocked and feel cheap, as does the rather nasty looking lens hood but they all do the job and lets facet this is half the price of Nikon's equivalent.
Even thought I've only tested this around the house and garden, I'm happy to rate it 5 stars and can't wait to put it to use this weekend at a wedding.
Its most important positive qualities are:
Focal length is long enough that you don't need to get so close to small animals that might be disturbed by a big black thing creeping up on them - especially if your camera has an APS-C sensor, which will give this lens an effective focal length of 168mm. And if they're not so easily disturbed (or inanimate) you can get REALLY close to them.
Excellent image stabilisation means you can get ridiculously sharp shots hand-held without compromising image quality with high ISO settings.
The IQ is revelatory and if you need to increase the depth of field (always an issue with macro) it's still decently sharp around f16.
It's far cheaper than comparable competitors and makes the Canon 60mm lens which I replaced with it completely redundant: that lens is currently available for about the same price, lacks image stabilisation, is slightly less sharp and won't fit on full-frame cameras.
One feature that seems to annoy some people is the relative noisiness of the image stabiliser. This might conceivably disturb some insects etc. so if your main intended use for a macro lens is to take very close-up, hand-held shots of quite mobile small creatures you might want to try before you buy. But from personal experience I doubt this will be a big issue - any insect, spider etc. that is jumpy enough to be frightened off by the sound of the image stabiliser on this lens will likely be frightened off either by the lens approaching it or by the noise of the shutter, which is of course far louder than the image stabiliser. For any other purposes it isn't an issue at all and if you're using a tripod the image stabiliser should be turned off anyway.
An apparently genuine design fault noted by professional reviewers is an anomaly in the image stabiliser which means that it doesn't work properly at 1/60s exposure. Personally, despite the 4-stop stabilisation, I tend to be looking for an exposure no slower than 1/125s with this lens; if a 1/60s exposure looked likely (due to poor light or needing more DOF) I'd stick the camera on a tripod (and turn off the image stabiliser); increase the ISO; or increase the aperture - although in fact with 4-stop stabilisation, you could even potentially get away with reducing the ISO so that the exposure was around 1/40-1/50s - it's far from impossible to get away with such a long exposure with this lens, so long as the subject is fairly static and you aren't very close to it. So again, this really isn't a deal-breaker.
Highly recommended and great value.
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